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Ohio State offensive lineman Michael Jordan selected by Cincinnati Bengals in fourth round of NFL Draft

Jordan follows in Pat Elflein and Billy Price’s footsteps and goes from guard to center to NFL.

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Jordan is looking to continue a proud tradition of Ohio State offensive guards moving to center for their final years in Columbus, and then making the transition to the NFL. In the 2017 NFL Draft, it was Pat Elflein in the third round, then last year it was Billy Price in the first.

This season, it was Jordan, who was selected with the 136th pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round.

Jordan is an incredibly reliable player, having started every game in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons. He was the first Ohio State true freshman to start on the offensive since Orlando Pace did it in 1994.

In 2017 he was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection at guard, and in 2018 he became a second-team all-conference choice at center — a position he had never played before. Despite being a three-year starter in Columbus, he is still young at 21 years of age, so has plenty of time to continue to fill out his 6-foot-6 frame.

Jordan’s flexibility to play either guard or center will be valuable at the NFL level.

Land-Grant Holy Land will have much more on the Jordan selection throughout the weekend.